Wednesday, November 27, 2013

At the Courthouse

 On Friday, we "readopted" Christopher in our state.  This is the third time we have been through this process -- first with Nicholas, then Ellie, and now for our newest little love.

Since John was not in China, we had to go through this process in order for John to be given full parental rights and responsibilities.

But, even for our last 2 adoptions, in which we both travelled to China, we decided to go through this process.  This way, the kids get U.S. birth certificates, adoption certificates, and all the paperwork that could ever be useful in their future lives as Americans.  It will just make life simpler for them when they need these forms one day.

Plus, it is also a special ritual that we like to do as a family.

It feels very official to go to the courthouse and have a judge tell you that you are stuck with each other for life.

But, we really didn't need anyone to tell us that.

 It just happened to be the day before National Adoption Day so the courthouse was packed with adoptive families.  It was so fun to see all of the love.  The judge told us that this is one of his favorite days of the year.  If you have to go to family court, I think this is the best reason to be there.

I am so thankful that we get to be your official family, Christopher!  

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